Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ordinary moments...

"Time is a flowing river. Happy those who allow themselves to be carried, unresisting, with the current. They float through easy days. They live, unquestioning, in the moment."~Christopher Morley, Where the Blue Begins

Ever since Bailey turned 18, and all this college stuff started, I just sit in shock of where we are in life. I can't stop reflecting on these moments and how much they mean. John said to me a few weeks back, that I amaze him with how nothing really phases me (HA!). I looked at him and laughed. He said he doesn't know how I do it. It made me think. What is it that I do that makes it look as though nothing phases me? The quote above nails it. I go with the flow and live in the moment. I rarely think or plan any further than a few days, or week ahead. I look at each day individually. I also think of each ordinary moment as well...something extraordinary. These last few weeks have been full of magical everyday moments.

We started off our Thanksgiving break with a road trip to Lubbock to visit Texas Tech University.  The drive was so interesting, filled with wind turbines, cotton fields and oil drills. It was flat, with buttes out of nowhere and the bluest skies I've ever seen.

Our new favorite hotel, (not that we travel much) is Embassy Suites, and the one in Lubbock didn't disappoint. It was quite unique!

Lorelei wanted to play "Go Fish" but forgot to bring cards, so she made her own. She beat me twice and John once. We think the cards were rigged.

The breakfast buffet was delicious as always and the best part...I didn't have to make it! Our room was right off the courtyard. 

It was a cool crisp fall day. It truly felt like fall on campus. Leaves were changing colors and falling everywhere.

The architecture and sculptures all over campus were amazing. We all fell in love with Texas Tech!

Thanksgiving was soon after we returned home. My mom, as usual, hosted a beautiful dinner. 

We are always so grateful for her wonderful cooking. 

Thanks Nana and Papa!

Even though I said I wasn't read to embrace the holidays...well, I did! Even Bailey was surprised with how quickly I had up the Christmas decorations. We decided to go ahead again with our 4.5 foot Charlie Brown tree. We considered buying a new and larger tree this year, but I have to admit, there's something about this small one that I just love. 

Our elf Finland promptly arrived on December 1...I loved the look of awe Lorelei had.

For the very first time, we took both girls and Brieley, my niece, to see The Nutcracker. It was beautiful, as are these three girls!

As you can see in the photo (sandals times 3) Sunday, the day we went to see The Nutcracker, was rather warm, so you can imagine the surprise of our whole city when it snowed on Thursday night! I mean real snow...not "Texas" snow, but white fluffy snow that accumulated to nearly 2 inches and even lasted overnight.

It was magical...much like my life feels right now, in these ordinary moments.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time keeps on slipping...

 ...into the future.  Sorry, I use to love the Steve Miller Band!  Even if I'm not quite ready to admit that fall is over, and the holiday season is about to begin, the truth is unavoidable. Thanksgiving break has arrived and we are heading off tomorrow for a double college visit to Texas Tech.  This visit, both Bailey and Savannah are checking out the campus and all Lubbock has to offer.  Again, I find myself in total awe that I have not one, but nearly two children ready for college.  Time...seriously, KNOCK IT OFF!

We wrapped up October with Halloween festivities.

We started off our November with another Boyen birthday.  Jonas turned 12...too bad he is the size of a grown man!

I took the afternoon off and snuck him out of school for a special lunch date to The Cheesecake Factory.

We love our Sunday mornings together.  Everyone else likes to sleep in.  Lorelei and I get up around 8:00, watch CBS Sunday morning, meal plan and make our grocery list.

Bailey had a big event this week, he was inducted into the National Honor Society.  He was actually invited as Junior, but declined without even telling me.  This year when the invite luckily came around again, he filled out the application and was selected.  We are proud of him.

We have had lots of school events:two wonderful choir performances, the vocabulary hat parade and a field trip!

Walmart had a sign up today...37 days till Christmas.  I really just want to savor these last few days of fall. I'm just not ready for Christmas decorations, present buying, and all the crazy that sometimes comes with the holidays.  I wish we had a month between November and December, just like I'd love a day between Saturday and Sunday.  

I would truly love the gift of more time...

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Done with one...

We did it!  John and I have officially raised one child to adulthood.  Done with one...Okay, you know I'm not serious, right?  We are never really done parenting, ask my mom!  But I still feel a sense of accomplishment.  Bailey is an "adult" according to law. He turned 18 years old this past Tuesday.  Seems a bit surreal.  We all can remember the little bright eyed, blond baby and toddler like it was yesterday.  It seems like the years in between are a total blur.  Somehow, it's like magic, suddenly he's a young man, 5'10, articulate, intelligent, talented, and on his way out the door to college.  He was also accepted into National Honor Society this week, something his dad and I never accomplished (even though I had good grades in high school, I never had THOSE kinds of grades!).  He's got interesting opinions on life, that are usually the total opposite of mine, but I think that's the way it is suppose to be!  We couldn't love him more, or be prouder of the adult he has become.  Of course, I realize there is a lot more parenting left to do, a lot more advice, comfort, and love.  I am excited for his future.

October 24...the big day!

Lorelei made him Reece's cupcakes.

Dinner at his favorite sushi place.

His letter from O'Connor came at the perfect time.

There's been some fall fun for all of us this month.

We visited Bailey on the job at St. Brigid's Fall Festival.  Too bad is was still so hot.

Savannah had her Fall concert.  Sweet Luke brought her roses.

Lorelei and I had some fun at our school fundraiser...the APEX Fun Run.

Jonas had his very first concert...or as Garcia calls it, a "Hauntcert!".

Lorelei had been wanting to visit the Halloween Super Store.  Silly girls.

 Lorelei and I went to the South Texas Corn Maze with Girl Scouts.  Lorelei had a great time.

She loves doing things for other, particularly baking.  She made all of us Rice Krispie treats with a note.

Savannah thought she was still taller than Jonas (who is only 11!), and told her I could prove that she wasn't with one simple picture!  We were shopping at Academy for Bailey's birthday presents.

Finally...fall weather arrived this week.  Cold enough to use the fireplace.

Tonight we are off to my sister's for the annual Halloween Trick or treating hayride.  Halloween is Tuesday and Jonas turns 12 on Thursday!  I'm looking forward to the rest of the fall festivities.